O’Malley wants more funds for aerospace Baltimore Sun
Hoping to tap into an economic engine that can weather the recession, Gov. Martin O’Malley unveiled a strategy Tuesday for bolstering the space industry’s foothold in the state by lobbying for more federal dollars and emphasizing science and mathematics in schools.
A new center catering to adventure travelers and would-be space tourists opened its doorsÂ at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Â Florida.
Aurora Aerospace began operating on May 1 as a “Space Camp on steroids,” offering customized programs that include flight training, high altitude jet rides, spacecraft simulations, academic training and more, said CEO Howard Chipman.
London financier Per WimmerÂ had a bit of good news to deliver during Space Investment Summit 6Â on Wednesday. The willingness of investors to take financial risks seems to have recovered.
“In the past six weeks, (there has) been a massive change in the marketplace,” Wimmer told the audience.
Wimmer said he had been up at 2:30 a.m. to complete a million dollar deal; he completed a second deal worth $25 million by lunchtime. Although neither of the deals involved space, the recovery of investor’s “risk appetite” was a good sign for commercial space.
Wimmer has reservations on both Virgin Galactic and XCOR, which are both planning space tourism flights.
Financial Issues in the Synergy of Space & Hospitality/Tourism/Entertainment
Amaresh Kollipara: co-founder and managing partner, Earth2Orbit LLC
Michael Leventhal: attorney and founder, MC Squared
Barry Bloom: founding principal, Abacus Lodging Investors LLC
Space is not a destination, it is an enabler for businessesÂ to expand their existing verticals. Panelists believe that the interest from the hospitality industry will be huge once space tourism gets going.
Corporate members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently joined together to celebrate the recipients of the 2009 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards, and to show that the aerospace community is appreciative of their outstanding efforts in the classroom to inspire the next generation of the aerospace community.
The X PRIZE Foundation, with its partners BT Global Services, John Templeton Foundation and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, will host a groundbreaking incentive2innovate conference (i2i)for senior-level executives, June 8-9 at the United Nations in New York.
i2i will provide an intimate forum for attendees to collaborate with extraordinary business leaders on initiatives to make an immediate impact on innovation, operations and revenue generation within their respective organizations.
Alan Boyle has reviewed Michael Potter’s film, “Orphans of Apollo,” for his Comic Log website. He reviews the lessons that the failed effort to commercialize the Mir space station taught people:
The biggest lesson is that you want to have the government as your customer, not your enemy. “I think the slightly more commercial and realistic and politically savvy entrepreneurs who are now investing in private space understood where Walt went wrong,” David Chambers, who was MirCorp’s vice president of strategic planning, says in the movie. “And they’re prepared to play nice with the various governments that they need to play nice with.”
All will get taste of oasis for space: Desert launches will benefit KSC Florida Today
Florida’s Space Coast will lament the end of the shuttle program and the loss of thousands of great jobs. But 2010 could mark the start of one of the most exciting periods in the history of human spaceflight. Gigantic leaps forward in our ability to fly people in space are coming, and they’re coming fast.
Boldenâ€™s burdens. Jeff Foust reports on the reaction to the selection of Charles Bolden and what is in store for the former astronaut as he prepares to take over the space agency. The GAO, the media, and GPS. According to some news reports last week, the GPS system is on the verge of failure because of delays in launching new satellites. Taylor Dinerman discusses why thereâ€™s less to be worried about than what those hyperbolic reports claimed. Making lemons into lemonade. What would have happened if an Apollo mission had been unable to leave Earth orbit? Dwayne Day describes one contingency mission that had been proposed in such circumstances, and its national security implications.
Cars versus rockets. What does NASA have in common with the nationâ€™s troubled automakers? Michael Potter argues that both suffer from some fundamental organizational issues, and that NASA would benefit from better leveraging the capabilities and potential of the private sector.
Review: One Giant Leap. The 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 is approaching, and with it comes a new wave of books revisiting that historic mission. Jeff Foust reviews one book that examines some of the overlooked photography of the mission.